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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1830-

Administrative History

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1830-) is a restorationist Christian church founded by Joseph Smith in New York. It is commonly abbreviated as the LDS Church and colloquially referred to as the Mormon Church.

During the 1820s, the church's founder, Joseph Smith, experienced visions and was led to the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. The Church was officially founded by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830, in Palmyra, New York. The members of the religion faced a series of persecutions, and eventually fled to Utah for refuge beginning in 1847.

The Church continued to grow and expand beyond Utah, and today it has a membership numbering over 15 million. It is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with President M. Nelson serving as its prophet and president.

Citation

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, via WWW, Oct. 15, 2014 (History of the Church; founded April 6, 1830; LDS Church; Mormon Church; founder Joseph Smith; saw visions and found gold plates in the 1820s; persecution; fled to Utah in 1847; headquartered in Salt Lake)

Mormon Newsroom, via WWW, Oct. 15, 2014 (Statistical Report: April 2014 General Conference; membership over 15,000,000; prophet Thomas S. Monson)

Found in 126 Collections and/or Records:

Oral history interviews with Russell N. and Annette A. Horiuchi

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7595
Scope and Contents Contains three oral history interview transcripts created as assignments for a Brigham Young University course of modern Japanese history in 2008. Includes interviews with Russell and Annette Horiuchi. In the interviews, Russell and Annette describe their lives, growing up in Hawaii and Japan, their roles and experiences in World War II, their courtship and marriage, and their conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jonice L. Hubbard collection of oral histories with Mormon public relations professionals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7603
Scope and Contents Collection contains oral histories of Mormons who pioneered broadcasting, communications, and media. Includes sixteen oral histories recorded on DVD. Also included in the collection is a two DVD set of a documentary made by Jonice L. Hubbard about the revolution of media in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials gathered as part of Hubbard's thesis, Pioneers of Twentieth Century Mormon Media.

Oral history interview with Ralph Bay and Jean C. Hutchings

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6850
Abstract Oral history interview with Ralph Bay and Jean C. Hutchings, conducted by Matthew K. Heiss on 22 June 1989 concerning the Hutchings' mission to Zaire.

International Women's Year Oral History Project case files, 2003-2004

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 39 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Includes contracts, contact information, and biographical information for the participants, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews conducted by the International Women's Year Oral History Project, 2003-2004.

International Women's Year Oral History Project transcripts, 2003-2004

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 39 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains transcripts of recorded interviews done with participants in the International Women's Year Oral History Project, as well as background information about those participants, 2003-2004.

Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History manuscripts on Social Services, 1949-1984

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1214 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains oral histories and manuscripts for a book on the history of social services in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1949-1984.

Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1214
Scope and Contents This collection contains correspondence, newspaper articles, reports, manuscripts, oral histories, and other material concerning the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History, mostly from 1940-2005. Collection includes administrative files, history of the Primary and Relief Society organizations within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, social services and women in the church. The records concerning the Primary and Relief Society organizations document the...

David S. and Rosalie Lehner King papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7930
Scope and Contents Contains two drafts of an autobiography of David S. King and an oral history interview of Rosalie L. King. Items document their life experiences, including his political service, their service as Mormon missionaries in Haiti, and their work as president and matron of the Washington Temple. Materials date from between 1990 and 1995.

Labor Oral History Project case files, 1973-1979

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 8 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Includes contracts, contact information, and biographical information for the participants, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews conducted by the Labor Oral History Project, 1973-1979.

Labor Oral History Project transcripts, 1973-1979

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 8 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains transcripts of recorded interviews done with participants in the Labor Oral History Project, as well as background information about those participants, 1973-1979.